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Paris Bounces Back to Defeat Waldron 3-0; Hosts Pea Ridge Tonight

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After an emotional loss earlier in the week to the Hackett Lady Hornets, the Paris Lady Eagles bounced back to defeat conference opponent Waldron in straight sets. The win not only put Paris back in the win column for the week, but it came on Senior Night for the Paris volleyball program. Paris honored eight senior players and student manager that have made significant contributions over the past four years to the Lady Eagles program. Resident Press will have more on these seniors in the last few weeks of the season.

Over the weekend, Paris also hosted an Invitational Tournament that included schools in classes 3A- 5A. And after a long day of pool play and tournament play, the Lady Eagles emerged victorious, winning the Paris Invitational. The tournament, combined with Thursday night’s win over Waldron were big for Paris as it regroups for the stretch run that will see the end of the regular season and the start of post-season play. Paris will travel to Northwest Arkansas on Thursday to play the West Fork Lady Tigers.

Tonight, the Lady Eagles will host the Class 4A Pea Ridge Lady Blackhawks in a non-conference match at Paris Gymnasium. Games played today will include junior A, junior varsity, and varsity matches starting at 4:30 p.m. The match has been scheduled to help Paris prepare for the post-season that will begin in two weeks.

Photos from the Waldron match, as well as individual photos of the Paris seniors honored on Senior Night are now available on Facebook at Paris Eagles Sports. Resident Press will be in Paris tonight to bring you coverage of the Lady Eagles match with Pea Ridge. Look for this story on Thursday in Resident Press.

Paris honored an outstanding senior class on Senior Night, but, their work is not done. The Lady Eagles showed a sense of renewed enthusiasm and commitment over the weekend, and I look for this group to gain momentum over the next two weeks and possibly hit its peak in the state tournament. The first three rounds of the state tournament will be on the Lady Eagles home floor, and if all things go the way they could go, we could be headed for yet another Paris / Hackett state final that weekend in Hot Springs.

But first things first. See you tonight for the Pea Ridge match!

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Jim Best
Jim Best is a man of many talents. His storied career in Arkansas education led him to a new passion, and hidden gifts in sports journalism.
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